Izumo Taishakyo Mission
Lum Sai Ho Tong
Founded in 1899, the Lum Sai Ho Tong Society was one of more than 100 societies started by Chinese immigrants in Hawaii to help preserve...
Chinatown Cultural Plaza
Inside this utilitarian modern mall, covering almost an entire city block, traditional acupuncturists, tailors and calligraphers work...
Kuan Yin Temple
With its green ceramic-tile roof and bright red columns, this ornate Chinese Buddhist temple is Honolulu’s oldest. The richly carved...
This is a humble shop alongside Nuʻuanu Stream. It is worth fighting Chinatown’s snarled traffic just for its famous manapua (steamed...
215 N Kukui St · interesting places nearby
Izumo Taishakyo Mission information
Across the river, this Shintō shrine was built by Japanese immigrants in 1906. It was confiscated during WWII by the city and wasn’t returned to the community until the early 1960s. The 100lb sacks of rice that sit near the altar symbolize good health. Ringing the bell at the shrine entrance is considered an act of purification for those who come to pray. Thousands of good-luck amulets are sold here, especially on January 1, when the temple heaves with people from all around Oʻahu who come seeking New Year’s blessings.